Archive for December, 2020

258 – I cannot Stop Wondering Why …

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

I cannot stop wondering why, with all the technological advances we have made, with all the scientific knowledge we have accumulated, with all the wisdom great minds have taught us, we still insist on perpetuating a paradigm in which we perceive Nature as something alien and separate from us. This is the reason why, because we cannot see the wind softly blowing around us nor understand it as a form of Life that gives us life, we poison it.

For the sake of a simple analogy, let me compare us to some stubborn little fish that, because he cannot perceive water as the medium that gives him life, thinks he has a separate existence from it. But fish him out of the water, and he is dead in minutes. We are not much different. Supporting destructive ideologies like ‘limitless consumerism’ and ‘unlimited growth’, we tenaciously cling to the belief that we can ravage the environment that gives us life because we think we can exist without Nature.

It is easy yet disturbing to see why this old paradigm has taken such a stronghold on us. Amid all the destruction they bring upon our world, we have not gotten over the fallacy of Descartes’ separation of mind and body, nor those religious beliefs that enslave us under fear and ignorance with empty and deceitful promises, nor those political and economic ideologies that brainwash us into promoting the devastation of the same environment that sustains us and gives us life.

The truth the promoters of these fallacies are afraid to acknowledge is that Nature – atoms, the Universe, us – is a unity. But in the urge to perpetuate their dominance over us, our institutions of learning and governance are unable to accept this unity and the fundamental part we play in it. It is thus that, to our detriment, they either ignore it or deny it.

I cannot say it enough: Our current beliefs are based on destructive fallacies. And under the dominance of institutions bent on promoting them for their selfish benefit, it is about impossible for us to comprehend the beauty and significance of being human in a deeply interconnected Universe. And yet, this is what we are.

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257 – As Everything in Nature, We are Fields of Energy, and Purpose …

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and Quantum Field Theory does that for me.

Quantum Field Theory studies how fields are created and transformed into forces that become the energy of action and change.

A field in physics is a region in which two or more bodies separated in space exert a force on each other that can modify and be modified as it propagates through a medium.

Think about the force the sun exerts on the planets and how it propagates through space. The force modifies the distances, the composition, and the orbits of the planets and is modified by the medium in which it propagates amid other stars. This force is the energy driving action and change; it is the ‘operator’ that modifies and is modified.

Think about the force that cells in an organism exert on each other and how it propagates through their environment. The force is modified by the primal inheritance that shapes their evolution, and it modifies by reiterating amid constant change the organism’s relatively predetermined configuration. This force is the energy of action and change; it is the ‘operator’ that modifies and is modified.

Think about the force that we, you and I, exert on each other and how it is propagated through our environment. This force is modified by the way we communicate and adapt to change. And it modifies our environment by propagating our hopes and our fears. This force is the energy of action and change; it is the ’operator’ of a field of action.

And whether it is a solar system, a cell, a human being, or anything in Nature for that matter, when the force is focused on doing something, affecting something, transforming something, we have to designate it with the attribute, whether instinctive or self-determined, of Purpose … the capacity to affect or change with resolve the existing state of a system.

The simple lesson behind Quantum Field Theory is that, whether it is a cell, a human being, a solar system, the Universe itself, we are all fields of energy in which forces may be created and propagated. And when the forces focus on a goal, we may turn into energy fields in which we become an ‘operator’ with the potential to modify and be modified by our world. But without ever forgetting that nothing happens without the consent of the internal and external forces acting upon us.

Quantum Field Theory proves how interconnected we are with everything in Nature. And once we accept this truth about ourselves, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with the world that gives us the right to exist.

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